Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Where have I been?

Wow .. it's been a few weeks since I posted.

Not only am I several weeks behind in Sally's focus on life challenge, I'm behind in posting a few of my recent projects.

I wish I had a good excuse, or any excuse at all, but I have nothing.  The days seem much longer with the kiddo in school full time, but they still pass too quickly.

I've productive, though.  For the past few weeks, I've traded in my beading needles for pliers and have been having a blast with chain maille.

I finished another version of  Rebeca Mojica's "Intricate Chain Maille."

I had originally intended to make this a necklace, but it was just too big for my taste.  It is a stellar bracelet.

I finished this one a bit differently than my other versions.  You can see them here and here.

"Intricate Chain Maille" builds around a slightly bigger version of Rebeca's "Coiled Butterfly" pattern.  (You can find "Coiled Butterfly" on Blue Buddha Boutique's website here or in the Fall 2012 issue of Wirework magazine.  To weave the "Intricate Chain Maille" bracelet, you need both patterns.)

"Coiled Butterfly" is beautiful on its own.

It uses smaller rings than "Intricate Chain Maille" and produces a smaller chain.  Since my other necklace became a bracelet, I decided to make this bracelet a necklace.

It drapes beautifully.

I took time to make Kat Wisniewski's "Illuminated Tunnel" bracelet, also from Blue Buddha.

You can barely see the lime green rings peeking out of the copper.

Finally, I made Rebeca Mojica's "On the Edge" bracelet.

This was featured in the Spring 2013 issue of Wirework and is also sold on Blue Buddha's site as "Zeela."

I'm still on a bit of a chain maille kick, but I want to try incorporating it into beadwork, so stay tuned.

Speaking of beadwork, I have a few upcoming challenges and even have a non-challenge necklace to show you later this week.  :)


  1. Tanya~these are beauties! The colors and the styles are wonderful and the necklace drapes so beautifully. I admire chain maille and the people who do it :-)

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  3. Lovely! The colors for Zeela are really fun, and that Intricate Maille bracelet is stellar. You've had busy fingers! :-)

  4. I love your chain maille! Each piece is so beautiful and the colors are wonderful! Some day I may tackle chain maille!

  5. Thanks for the mention, glad you love the Illuminated Tunnel project!-- Kat